An International Women’s Day event was organised on Sunday 6 March 2022 by House of Sakinah Women Support Centre (HOS) in conjunction with the celebration of 9 years of HOS since it was initiated by Charity Australia International (CAI) in 2013.
This event was just one of the many Courage after COVID programs, which included workshops held in February and March at various locations as a part of the Empowering and Supporting Local Communities Grant by Multicultural NSW.
The Event served as a retreat for the many ladies attending after being isolated due to COVID so that they could enjoy and relax on this fun day full of food, stalls and many activities at the Glenwood Community Hub.
Highlights of the Women’s Day and its 9th Anniversary celebration was presented to the community, in terms of all the hard work being done by house of Sakinah in helping women who are in distress and victims of domestic violence needing crisis assistance. The presentation included testimonials and how over the years many types of cases have been taken care of by HOS where women who needed financial assistance, crisis accommodation, and emotional and psychological support.
The event was also geared towards providing a platform to allow for small business owners in the community to flourish, especially as their businesses had suffered during the COVID lockdown. There was an amazing range of food stalls courtesy of Cafe Pyala in Parramatta, Mehfil Biryani in Auburn and Deap Sweets in Blacktown. There were also many other stalls like clothing, shoes, home-made jewellery and candles, henna and art stalls to ensure we support and give exposure to a range of businesses in the community.
They also had the honour of hosting Local MP Michelle Rowland who spoke about how she appreciates the support services HOS are providing for the community members in need, as well as another esteemed guest Ms Sabrin Farooqui. She is the Founder and President of Cultural Diversity Network Incorporated – CDNI, and is a passionate community advocate for social justice and cultural diversity. She enlightened us with her words of wisdom about her experiences in the community during her many years of service.
MP Michelle Rowland and Guest Speaker Sabrin Farooqui.
House of Sakinah wishes to thank its many volunteers who met regularly on a weekly basis to make this day a success.